The Hindus

An Alternative History

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199593345

Category: Religion

Page: 800

View: 9841

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions, The Hindus elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated even within a century; its central tenets karma, dharma, to name just two arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each era, between genders, and caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism - its vitality, its earthiness, its vividness - lies precisely in many of those idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate today. Wendy Doniger is one of the foremost scholars of Hinduism in the world. With her inimitable insight and expertise Doniger illuminates those moments within the tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon. Without reversing or misrepresenting the historical hierarchies, she reveals how Sanskrit and vernacular sources are rich in knowledge of and compassion toward women and lower castes; how they debate tensions surrounding religion, violence, and tolerance; and how animals are the key to important shifts in attitudes toward different social classes. The Hindus brings a fascinating multiplicity of actors and stories to the stage to show how brilliant and creative thinkers - many of them far removed from Brahmin authors of Sanskrit texts - have kept Hinduism alive in ways that other scholars have not fully explored. In this unique and authoritative account, debates about Hindu traditions become platforms from which to consider the ironies, and overlooked epiphanies, of history.
Social Science

Stories of the Hindus

an introduction through texts and interpretation

Author: James A. Kirk

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 269

View: 8862

Fasts and feasts

Among the Hindus

A Study of Hindu Festivals

Author: R. Manohar Lall

Publisher: Asian Educational Services

ISBN: 9788120618220

Category: Fasts and feasts

Page: 238

View: 1524

A Reprint Of 2004. The Book Was First Published In Cawnpur. Covers Hindu Months, Hindu Festivals, An Introduction, Kalyuga And Write Up On More Than A Sore Of Important Hindu Festivals.
Hindu temples

The Sacred City of the Hindus

An Account of Benares in Ancient and Modern Times

Author: Matthew Atmore Sherring

Publisher: N.A


Category: Hindu temples

Page: 388

View: 8849

Hinduism and politics

A Warning to the Hindus

Author: Savitri Devi,G. D. Savarkar

Publisher: N.A


Category: Hinduism and politics

Page: 154

View: 4361

Social Science

Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists

Author: Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy,Margaret Elizabeth Noble,Sister Nivedita

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486217598

Category: Social Science

Page: 399

View: 4634

Here are the most important stories of Indian mythology, taken mainly from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, with additional tales from the purana and vedas from assorted narratives of Krishna, Buddha. and Shiva.

The Religion of the Hindus

Author: Kenneth W. Morgan

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120803879

Category: Religion

Page: 434

View: 3715

cultivate compassion and mindfulness. Each section of the book focuses on a

Aum Hindutvam

(daily Religious Rites of the Hindus)

Author: Swami Vedananda

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120810815

Category: Hinduism

Page: 54

View: 9650

The author negates some of the very old concepts, viz., that females and Shudras, and people who have not undergone the Upanayana Samskaras have no access to Vedas or they should not perform Vedic rituals. He insists that 'all religious observances of a man, if devoid of right conduct, are of no avail. Right conduct constitutes an important element of education and civilization. In his opinion Hindus will have to develop the all-comprehensive idea of Hindu Dharma in and through their lives and activities. Their welfare lies in the Vedic prayers and practices. Those who are interested in Hindu Dharma, and those who want to know about its rituals will find the present work indispensable. The author deals with the religious practices, observances and rituals. When, how, and where certain rituals are to be performed, is clearly discussed. Benefits of Divine Communion are given special emphasis.
Buddha (The concept)

Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists

Author: Sister Nivedita,Ananda K. Coomaraswamy



Category: Buddha (The concept)

Page: 446

View: 3542

In this book the author included and narrated some myths and stories from ancient Hindu and Buddhist literature. The book includes a good number of water colour illustrations which were created under the supervision of Abanindranath Tagore. Tagore himself drew some of the pictures in the book.

Occult Psychology of the Hindus

Author: N. Shubhanarayanan

Publisher: Pondicherry : Dipti Publications


Category: Hinduism

Page: 95

View: 5469

On the Hindu rituals (samskaras); a study, by a follower of Sri Aurobindo.